Agarwal takes post at NIC
- By Daniel Keegan
- Jun 03, 2000
P.K. Agarwal will leave his post at the California Franchise Tax Board to
run the National Information Consortium's e-government operations.
As the chief information officer and executive vice president for e-government
applications, Agarwal will work to create new applications and continue
to advocate e-government internationally. "I want to continue to be on the
soapbox for e-government — almost an evangelist," he said.
To Agarwal, e-government is a revolution that cannot be ignored. "I
believe that the government of the 21st century is so different," he said.
"We all have to pay attention as it moves at warp speed."
Agarwal said he chose to enter the private sector because he feels
it is the best way for him to continue to advocate a revolution in government.
"I just came to the conclusion that I can continue my great passion
in e-government better in the private sector," he said. He said he sees
his job in the private sector as the same as it was in government, "working
to continue to transform government, but in a different hat."
He said he chose NIC because it has a "solid business model" and "is
truly an Internet Age company."
Agarwal has worked for state and local agencies for more than 30 years,
25 of which were in information technology. He has also served on various
national IT committees, including as the chairman of the National Electronic
Commerce Coordinating Council and president of the National Association
of State Information Resource Executives.